Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb touted reforms in the district when he appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, but said reform is tough.

“Every major decision that I have made, I have been sued either by local leaders, school board members and there is a sense of urgency in these urban school districts,” Bobb said as part of the network’s “Education Nation,” a two day national education summit being held in New York.

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“I think the national leaders have to be involved and engaged at the local level as well,” Bobb said. “The reform movement, what we’re doing in Detroit, can’t take place without very strong support from Governor Granholm, Mike Flanagan,” who is the state schools superintendent.

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Bobb says he’s closed 59 Detroit schools in two years and acknowledged it’s been tough for the community, parents & students. He says it was necessary since the district has lost about 80-thousand students in the last decade.

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